This was a book I had been wanting to read for a while but didn’t own so I had to keep waiting to read it. Well once I bought it it moved to the top of my TBR (to be read) list. This is the first book in a series but luckily it was published a while ago and all three books are already out. Unfortunately I only had the first book so now it is back to the waiting game to read the rest.
The Darkest Minds takes place in the United States where a disease has spread that only effects children. The kids who survive the disease are not lucky though. Instead they come out of it with special gifts that get them sent to rehabilitation camps. The main character, Ruby, got sent to a camp on her tenth birthday. For the next six years she hides what she is capable of in order to survive. Then one day she barely escapes the camp with her life. She goes on the run where she meets three other kids who are on the hunt for East River, a safe haven for young children who survived the disease. When Ruby joins them on their search she is faced with decisions that could change her fate.
I would like to start by saying that I absolutely loved this book. It got a lot of good reviews and I think it definitely earned those reviews. The first few chapters were a little slow but that was because there was a lot of information to get across to make the story make sense. Once that part was out of the way the action started and didn’t stop until the very end. Speaking of the ending of the book it was so beautifully heartbreaking. It stuck with me for a few days after I had finished the book. That’s the kind of ending that I love in a book. I want to still be feeling the emotion and thinking about what it means weeks after I have finished it.
While I did enjoy each of the different characters in the book I wasn’t in love with Ruby’s character. Her development happened a little too speedily for me. It didn’t feel like it fit with how she was described at the beginning. She had spent six years of her life in a camp with only a 4th grade education and barely speaking yet she turned into this kickass warrior girl once she leaves the camp. I wouldn’t have minded her character acting that way if the transition to it had been better. Instead it felt like it transitioned in the blink of an eye. That was really my only issue with the book.
Overall the book was really good. This story kept moving and I am really excited to read the rest of the books. On another note this book is being adapted into a movie. Fingers crossed the hold true to it!